In The Night Garden... (A Musical Journey... The Album...) - Various Artists

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In The Night Garden... (A Musical Journey... The Album...) - Various Artists

1 CD(s) - TV - Label: Little Demon - Distributor: 2 Entertain/Sony DADC - Released: 26/11/2007 - 5014797710160, 501479771016 - Studio / Live: Studio

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Review of "In The Night Garden... (A Musical Journey... The Album...) - Various Artists"

published 06/04/2008 | mummy2harry
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Pro Lovely music, tracks your toddler will recognise
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"A Soothing Musical Journey"

The characters from In The Night Garden

The characters from In The Night Garden

This In The Night Garden business seems to have taken over my house somewhat. We have books, cuddly toys, puzzles, DVDs, sticker books and a new addition to our worryingly ever-growing collection, the In The Night Garden music CD. Harry is just in love with this bloomin' show, and especially its song which his Daddy and I have to sing on repeat when we put him to bed, so I thought investing in the CD might be a good idea!

As you probably know by now, In The Night Garden is the latest children's TV show to take the UK's toddler by storm, and is the obsession of 1-4 year olds across the country. You can buy hundreds of In The Night Garden products at the moment, and this CD is one of the newer additions to the ITNG product range, coming on the market in November, just in time for Christmas! A coincedence? I think not...

This CD contains the original songs which make it into the television show, so it is music which is going to be instantly recognisable to anyone who watches the show. I like that all the songs are included as I can choose to play either Harry's favourite songs or just let the CD run right through and let him listen to the lot if I'm feeling particularly generous or in a good mood. It is called "A Musical Journey", presumably because it takes us on a journey through the Night Garden introducing its characters and all the music featured on the show.

The cover artwork isn't particularly eye-catching which I was surprised by. I would have expected it to show an enormous picture of one of the characters on the front to grab the attention of toddlers walking by but instead, it features a navy blue sea scene, much like at the start of the programme, with a small and slightly under-stated picture of some of the main characters, Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka. It is quite a classy looking cover and isn't too bright and garish on your shelf either.

The CD actually contains 25 tracks, but I am not going to sit here and write an individual review of each of the 25 tracks. There is actually a reason for this. The reason is that most of the tracks aren't much longer than 1 or 2 minutes, with just a few reaching over this time scale. The shortest track is just 19 seconds long, with the longest being 7 and a half minutes, almost telling a story within its track! Actually, after looking I can tell you that just 7 of the 25 tracks are over 2 minutes in length, which explains why the albums total length is just 46 minutes long (luckily for us parents who have to listen to it on repeat!).

The main tracks which will interest the children have to be the individual songs for the characters. The CD features the songs for each of the 4 main characters, as well as the more minor characters. "Hello Iggle Piggle", "Hello Upsy Daisy", "Hello Makka Pakka!" and "Hello Pontipines" feature on the CD, as well as "It's The Tombliboos House", "The Haahoos", "Oh No! It's the Ninky Nonk" and "The Pinky Ponk". The first 4 songs I mentioned are the songs for the characters in the show, and you'll soon be singing along.

There is also 4 short songs, called "The Tittifers Verse 1" and goes from verse 1 through to verse 4. These are 20 second interludes which are shown as birds in the show, and to be honest sound a bit of a noise to me. A few of the songs are more like mini-stories. "Everybody loves Jumping", "Upsy Daisy Kisses Everything In The Garden", "Catch Makka Pakka's Og-Pog" and "Iggle Piggle goes for a walk" all feature music, but also narration taken from the show by Derek Jacobi, which is easy to follow.

As well as these songs, the CD also features the shows opening theme and its closing theme, which are lovely classical music pieces, and my favourites on the CD. They have also included "Time To Go To Sleep", a narrated piece of music with the characters being put to bed, and "The Night Garden Dance" which is also shown towards the end of every episode. Most of the pieces on the CD will be easily recognisable, and it is this which makes the CD so enjoyable to listen to, especially for your children who will delight in listening to their favourites songs over and over and over again.

Track Listing:
1. In The Night Garden Opening Theme
2. Oh No It's The Ninky Nonk
3. Hello Igglepiggle
4. Igglepiggle Goes For A Walk
5. Hello Upsy Daisy
6. Upsy Daisy Kisses Every In The Garden
7. Tittifer's Verse 1
8. It's The Tombliboos' House
9. Tombliboo Bricks
10. Tittifer's Verse 2
11. Hello Makka Pakka
12. Catch Makka Pakka's Og Pog
13. Tittifer's Verse 3
14. Hello Pontipines
15. Pontipines Go For A Walk
16. Pinky Ponk
17. Where Is The Pinky Ponk Going
18. Haahoos
19. Everybody Loves Jumping
20. Tittifer's Verse 4
21. Time For Tombliboos To Clean Their Teeth
22. Night Garden Dance
23. Tittifer's Bedtime Song
24. Time To Go To Sleep
25. In The Night Garden Closing Theme

As you can see, I haven't included a description for every single song as some of them are purely either classical music pieces or similar to other tracks I have mentioned. The album is lovely to listen to, and is good for putting on near bedtime, especially when you put some of the more classical based pieces on on a quiet volume. Although it is only 46 minutes long, you get all the main songs from the show and quite a few extras as well, but even just the basic tracks would keep Harry happy!

You can buy the CD in the shops, and Amazon are selling it £8.98 (plus postage). It's a good one for any In The Night Garden, and is actually pretty good for a children's musical album.

Thank you for reading!

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  • cat1510 published 11/04/2008
    Wasn't aware of this one. Will keep an eye out for it. Good review.
  • vichar68 published 08/04/2008
    Sounds really good. Great review - Vicki
  • arnoldhenryrufus published 07/04/2008
    sounds fun - lyn x
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1 CD(s) - TV - Label: Little Demon - Distributor: 2 Entertain/Sony DADC - Released: 26/11/2007 - 5014797710160, 501479771016 - Studio / Live: Studio

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EAN: 5014797710160, 501479771016


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